ANWAR NASSER ABDULLA AL-AULAQI

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ANWAR NASSER ABDULLA AL-AULAQI
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
20 July 2010
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
3 February 2015
15 June 2015
17 April 2018
Reason for listing: 

Anwar Nasser Abdulla al-Aulaqi was listed on 20 July 2010 pursuant to paragraph 2 of resolution 1904 (2009) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “recruiting for”, and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of ” Al-Qaida (QE.004) and Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QDe.129).

Additional information: 

A dual U.S. - Yemeni citizen, Anwar Nasser Abulla al-Aulaqi is a leader of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (QDe.129). He has pledged an oath of loyalty to AQAP emir Nasir al-Wahishi (deceased), and has played a key role in setting the strategic direction for AQAP. Al-Aulaqi has also recruited individuals to join AQAP, facilitated training at camps in Yemen in support of acts of terrorism, and helped focus AQAP's attention on planning attacks beyond the Arabian Peninsula.

Since late 2009, Al-Aulaqi has taken on an increasingly operational role in the group, including preparing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for his attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight traveling between Amsterdam and Detroit on 25 December 2009. In November 2009, while in Yemen, Abdulmutallab swore allegiance to the emir of AQAP and shortly thereafter received instructions from Al-Aulaqi to detonate an explosive device aboard a U.S. airplane over U.S. airspace. After receiving this direction from Al-Aulaqi, Abdulmutallab obtained the explosive device he used in the attempted attack.

Al-Aulaqi was imprisoned in Yemen in 2006 on charges of kidnapping for ransom and being involved in an Al-Qaida (QDe.004) plot to kidnap a U.S. official, but was released in December 2007 and subsequently went into hiding in Yemen.